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Job Description: Operate machinery to install roof support bolts in underground mine.

Mining Roof Bolter Responsibilities

  • Rotate chucks to turn bolts and open expansion heads against rock formations.
  • Force bolts into holes, using hydraulic mechanisms of self-propelled bolting machines.
  • Pull down loose rock that cannot be supported.
  • Tighten ends of anchored truss bolts, using turnbuckles.
  • Dust rocks after bolting.
  • Position safety jacks to support underground mine roofs until bolts can be installed.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Mining Roof Bolter?

Below is a list of the skills most Mining Roof Bolters say are important on the job.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Other Mining Roof Bolter Job Titles

  • Underground Mining Section Foreman
  • Bolter
  • Underground Roof Bolter
  • Underground Bolting Machine Operator
  • Bolting Inspector

Job Demand for Mining Roof Bolters

There were about 3,700 jobs for Mining Roof Bolter in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Mining Roof Bolter. There will be an estimated 400 positions for Mining Roof Bolter per year.


The states with the most job growth for Mining Roof Bolter are Idaho, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. Watch out if you plan on working in Kentucky, Utah, or Illinois. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Mining Roof Bolter Average Salary

Mining Roof Bolters make between $43,330 and $77,690 a year.


Mining Roof Bolters who work in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia, make the highest salaries.

How much do Mining Roof Bolters make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Illinois $59,350
Indiana $52,540
Kentucky $47,420
Pennsylvania $68,570
West Virginia $60,880
Wyoming $92,720

What Tools do Mining Roof Bolters Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Mining Roof Bolters may use on a daily basis:

  • Data entry software

Becoming a Mining Roof Bolter

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